Germany’s Culture Starts With the Food and Drinks

Even those who’ve never stepped a foot in Germany realize it’s a country known for exceptional beer. It’s also known for many culinary pleasures that will sustain you as you traverse the country and learn about it’s history and culture.

One of my favorite rustic German dishes is Kase Spatzle. This hearty noodle dish is made with small, thin noodles, grated Swiss cheese and is often garnished with crispy onions and chunks of ham.

Kase Spatzle

Kase Spatzle

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Dessert

Rote Grütze is hands down my favorite German dessert. Just writing this post and looking for a photo had me wishing to enjoy this delicious dessert once again. Rote Grütze is made by cooking fresh red summer berries, such as raspberries, cherries and strawberries with sugar, cornstarch and a little water until they reach a soft thick consistency. The dessert can be topped with either fresh cream or a creamy warm vanilla sauce.

Rote Grutze

Rote Grutze

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Regional Favorites
Visitors to Germany often enjoy trying regional favorites. My favorite Berlin drink is the Berliner Weisse Rote. This is made by mixing German beer (typically a Berliner Beer) with raspberry syrup. It tastes refreshing and a bit sweet. It is an absolute taste of Berlin and will be found on many Berlin menus. This particular Berliner Weisse Rote photo was taken overlooking the lake at Wansee, which is a wonderful escape from the city when the temperatures are warm.

Berliner Weisse Rote
Berliner Weisse Rote
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